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Safeguarding Young People


Keeping Surfing Safe And Fun

Irish Surfing is committed to Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children's Sport in Ireland. We aim to provide a safe and fun environment for young people to enjoy surfing.

Our National Children’s Officer

Linda Byrne is our national Children’s Officer. Formally a member of the East Coast Surf Club, Linda has been surfing since the early seventies. Linda moved from Bray to Sligo in the late nineties where she runs 7th Wave Surf School. Linda is an ISC Code Of Ethics Tutor. To contact Linda email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Designated Person

Zoe Lally is our Designated Person, This is the person in our organisation tasked with reporting allegations or suspicions of child abuse to Health Services Executive or Social Services (NI) and/or An Garda Siochán / PSNI. To contact Zoe telephone 096 49428 or 0872333789 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Club Children’s Officers

Every Irish Surfing club has a Children’s Officer. See our list of Club Children’s Officers. 

Garda Vetting/ Access NI Check 

All adult involved in surfing for young people in Irish Surf are required to complete Garda Vetting/ Access NI Check. This is an added measure to help maintain a safe environment of young people in our sport. 

Useful Downloads

Code of Ethics Manual

Code of Ethics Wallet Cards for 

  1. Club/Organisation
  2. Leaders
  3. Parents
  4. Young People

Code of Ethics Factsheets

  1. Bullying
  2. Social Media
  3. Children First | Key Messages
  4. Children First | Frequently Asked Questions

Code of Ethics Presentations

  1. Using the Internet and Associated Communications Tools and Keeping Children and Young People Safe | Mr. John Laffan
  2. The HSE Role in Child Protection Systems, Practices and Procedures | Ms. Martina McGrath
  3. Understanding bullying and supporting young people | Ms. Kellie Turtle
  4. Reducing the Risk of Sexual Abuse in Sport | Mr. Paul Stephenson


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